Descriptive Notes

The spelling Amblecoat is sometimes found [44] Elmelecote in the Domesday Book


A hamlet in Staffordshire (S.Seisdon Hundred) & in Oldswinford Ancient Parish which was otherwise entirely Worcestershire (Halfshire Hundred). Oldswinford ecclesiastically known as 'Old Swinford'. Amblecote a separate Civil Parish in 1866 in Staffordshire, so that Oldswinford was entirely Worcestershire thereafter. Separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1842* from Old Swinford Ancient Parish (including area Worcestershire township of Wollaston). Ecclesiastically refounded 1860. Abolished civilly in 1966, part to Dudley County Borough (as the County Borough becomes associated with Staffordshire) and Ancient Parish and part to Stourbridge Municipal Borough & Civil Parish, Worcestershire. It is now in the Dudley Metropolitan Borough. [25] [5]
* The parish website gives the date as 1845. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO900850
On the N.E. side of Stourbridge on the A491

Parish Church

Holy Trinity, Junction High St.& Vicarage Rd.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [25]


Seisdon, Southern Division [15]

Poor Law Union

Stourbridge [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

No Parish Registers are held at Worcestershire Library & History Centre. The original registers are at Dudley Archives and Local History Service (See below)


See entry for Oldswinford - none for Amblecote

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1904 Worcestershire Archives [12]

Register Copies

At Dudley Archives and Local History Service:

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1842-91 [82]
  Marriages 1846-1902 [82]
  Burials 1844-1904 [82]
Originals Christenings 1842-91 [82]
  Marriages 1846-1902 [82]
  Burials 1844-1904 [82]

For earlier registers see St Mary's Oldswinford


Full Gospel Church, Brettell Lane: Marriages 1986-89 Dudley Archives and Local History Service

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

Holy Trinity

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Holy Trinity

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
Holy Trinity

At Society of Genealogists
AMBLECOTE (Holy Trinity) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 4 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 4 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1985 Author Dunn, C et al. (trans.) Acc. no. 53716

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Holy Trinity Church see:

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including,, The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.

Access to the library edition of is widely available at most record offices, includingWorcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.

A free-to-view site is being developed at for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.

Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.

Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:

1851 61 71 1891-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Worcestershire 1891 census returns: Stourbridge registration district RG 12/2299-2310 [Microfilm.] Published London Public Record Office 2003 Society of Genealogists

Other Sources

A handlist of the records of schools and of other educational establishments held by Worcestershire Archives for this parish can be found here.


An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

AMBLECOAT, a hamlet in that part of the parish of OLD SWINFORD which is in the southern division of the hundred of SEISDON, county of STAFFORD, ½ a mile (N.) from Stourbridge, containing 1157 inhabitants.

Last Updated: 05/10/2016